High Priority (HP) Grant - Application and Award Process
High Priority (HP) grant funds may be awarded to States, local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, other political jurisdictions as necessary, and any person to carry out high priority activities and projects that augment motor carrier safety activities and projects. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Applicants for HP grant funding must meet the requirements found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) § 350.203.
The FMCSA provides a Federal share of 85% of the total eligible project cost and HP grant recipients are required to provide a 15% matching share. The NOFA may include specific activities and/or national priorities that do not require match.
Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) fees collected by State agencies may be used as a source of funds to meet matching requirements under FMCSA grant programs provided that: 1) the funds are used for motor carrier safety programs and enforcement; 2) they otherwise meet the match requirements in 2 CFR § 200.306; 3) they otherwise meet any applicable terms and conditions in the grant agreement; and 4) are not double counted as part of the MOE.
Funds are awarded, subject to availability of funding, in accordance with 49 USC § 31102(l), the HP Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), and the provisions of 2 CFR part 200 and 49 CFR part 350.
Application Process and Deadline
Applicants must submit separate applications, one application for HP-ITD and one application for HP-CMV Safety activities/projects, with associated program and budget narratives, in Grants.gov. If an applicant chooses to conduct multiple projects under either HP-ITD, or HP-CMV Safety activities/projects, the applicant must submit separate program and budget narratives for each project contained within the application(s). To apply using the grants.gov process, the applicant must be registered with grants.gov. To register, visit Grants.gov. The registration process can take up to two weeks to complete and applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The applicant must download the grant application to complete and submit the final package through Grants.gov.
FMCSA will initially consider funding for applications submitted on or before the deadline as published in the NOFA. Applicants are urged to submit their application well in advance of the posted deadline. If an application is rejected by Grants.gov due to errors, the applicant must correct the application and it must be resubmitted and validated by Grants.gov before the published deadline date and time. The FMCSA will not consider late or incomplete applications except in circumstances it considers to be extraordinary and/or unavoidable.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for HP is 20.237.
Proposals must include specific, quantifiable descriptions, benchmarks, timelines, and supporting data as applicable when addressing each program element.
The written proposal must include, at a minimum:
- Scope of project
- Implementation strategies
- Performance measures
- Detailed budget
- Monitoring and evaluation plan
- Additional supporting detail as described in the opportunity announcement in grants.gov
The applicant must submit the entire application package including the required forms and project proposal through Grants.gov.
Period of Performance
A non–ITD HP grant period of performance start date will begin on the date specified in the NGA. The maximum period of performance for any non-ITD HP grant agreement is three fiscal years, including the fiscal year in which the NGA is executed. For example, a non-ITD HP enforcement project may begin on May 1, 2017 and the recipient may have the remainder of Federal Fiscal Year 2017, all of Federal Fiscal Year 2018, and all of Federal Fiscal Year 2019 (ending on September 30, 2019) to complete the activities in the grant agreement.
All new application project timelines will be evaluated to ensure they can be achieved within this timeframe. Additionally, FMCSA may award a grant agreement with a period of performance for less than the period of availability based on the project complexity, reasonableness, and necessity. Amendment requests to extend the period of performance beyond the period of availability described above will not be approved.
An ITD HP grant period of performance start date will begin on the date specified in the NGA. The maximum period of performance for any ITD HP grant agreement is five fiscal years, including the fiscal year in which the NGA is executed. All new application project timelines will be evaluated to ensure they can be achieved within this timeframe. Additionally, FMCSA may award a grant agreement with a period of performance for less than five years, depending upon project complexity, reasonableness, and necessity.
Important Note: New ITD applications and amendment requests to extend the period of performance beyond five years will not be approved.